Gwyneth Paltrow may already have an Oscar under her belt, but it seems like she’s aiming for a Grammy too.
The actress made her singing debut on Wednesday, when she performed “Country Strong” at the 2010 Country Music Association Awards alongside Vince Gill. The song, which is the title track from her forthcoming movie about Nashville’s biggest industry, received a standing ovation from the audience, but they weren’t the only ones applauding.
Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker said that while Paltrow appeared to be nervous at first, she delivered vocally.
“Strumming an acoustic guitar, looking a little nervous but singing the movie’s title song in an expressive, surging tone, she didn’t really need the assistance of the wonderful Vince Gill, there to give a polite country-industry imprimatur to Paltrow’s efforts,” said Tucker.
“Vince Gill backed Gwyneth on the chorus, but she held her own,” declared Willa Paskin of New York. New York Times music reviewer Jon Caramanica said, “The surprise was that she didn’t need [Gill]’s steadying hand nearly as much as some of the night’s other performers.”
Meanwhile, New York Post writer Jarett Wieselman said even though he was bracing for a “car crash,” he changed his mind after seeing her sing. “Gwyneth delivered a very solid — if not sensational — performance,” he said.
Critics weren’t the only ones praising the actress. Singer Miranda Lambert told USA Today that she thought Gwyneth did a great job.
“She sounded really country, I think. She seems very genuine,” Lambert said.
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